If you don’t sing Alec Bohm to Spoon’s You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb, you are a better person than me. If you sing Alec Bohm’s name to The Gap Band’s You Dropped A Bomb On Me, you are a much worse person than me. If you sing Alec Bohm to B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad), then we’re roughly the same person. Okay, now that we got those comparisons out of the way, let’s talk turkey. Much like the turkey that Phillies fans will throw at Alec Bohm if he fails to live up to his prospect hype. I’m not going to recount here the 1200 words that Prospector Hobbs wrote about Alec Bohm in this Blind Resume Challenge. It’s worth reading, if for no other reason than to see how well Hobbs wrote while wearing a blindfold. By the by, what kind of luck are we having that we add another prospect writer, because demand was at its peak in early 2020, and now we’re living through a pandemic and demand is at its nadir? If not for any luck, we’d have no luck. Wait, I said that wrong. A second prospect writer adds some perspective, and I think that helps, especially here, since I don’t think Prospect Itch and Prospector Hobbs necessarily love Bohm equally. If I may infer from digital words posted on Razzball, Hobbs seems to like Bohm better than Itch. Perhaps the major drawback for Itch and why he ranked him fairly low on his top 75 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball was Bohm’s lack of glove, and, with no DH in the National League, it hinders him. Did someone say NL DH? Well, now we are talking! (Also, JKJ went over some thoughts about Alec Bohm in his Universal DH: NL East edition. Am I the last one in the world to talk about him? I dropped a Bohm on me, baby…) So, what can we expect from Alec Bohm for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Last year in Double-A, Alec Bohm hit for power, he has 60-grade power, but even more glamorous is he had a 10.4% walk rate and 14.1% strikeout rate. He only hit .269, but that was with a .265 BABIP. He also had a 18.1% line drive rate, 41.2% ground ball rate and 40.7% fly ball rate. One other player with a 10.4% K-rate, 18% line drive rate, 40.5% GB rate and 41.5% fly ball rate goes by the name of Pete Alonso! Swoon! *draws hearts on Trapper Keeper, stares out at the moonlight as I lower my Rapunzel-like quarantine hair* By the way, Rapunzel was the world’s first quarantine’er. Prove me wrong. So…Is Bohm Alonso? Alonso is Bohm? Finkle/Einhorn? Einhorn/Finkle? No, no, yes, yes. Alonso strikes out way more than Bohm! Holy swooning, Batman! What are the Phils doing with Bohm though, is my question that I ask without a question mark. He’s gonna be 24 years old in August. Double-A is not where he should be. Is the glove that bad? I guess, but I also think his age minimizes some from his Double-A numbers. Double-A negatives be damned, he has never not waited for his pitch at any level. The eye is there. He is taking so long to get challenged by MLB pitchers, that I worry he could struggle at the MLB level. Our Prospectonator, which gives 162-game stats for every rookie so you can get an idea of what they’re capable of, has some rose-colored glasses for Bohm, giving him 23 HRs, 5 SBs and a .265 average. That’s surprising to me, because I don’t think we have any idea what to expect from Bohm yet, let alone that highly. If he’s not the Phils’ universal DH this year, and doesn’t start next year, well, I don’t know when this guy is going to get his chance. Brucely, I’m concerned Bohm ever connects, but if he does, it better be this year, so he’s as good a dart throw as any.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome dart throw report!

    a. Read the same report on Bohm herein where Bruce is mentioned as the universal DH for the Phils, I have my doubts for Bohm this year. Looks like he’ll get the same kind of treatment as Kieboom, maybe. Not sure. Kieboom has more to offer but PT will be universally hard to find.

    b. MLB quote of the day for April 13, 1983

    ‘It makes me very angry that in a moment of tragedy, when you’re trying to make sure all the humans and animals are all right, that someone would take advantage of you.’

    James Edward Rice, nicknamed ‘Jim Ed’ (first time I ever heard that he had this nickname!). Is one of only 2 players (Cobb) to lead the AL three years in a row in total bases! Sure the wheels came off at the end but he was pretty lethal for a good time, especially his 1978 season.[ Apologies to my brother from another mother Cool Whip for posting back-to-back Red Sox quotes! Tomorrow will be different, I guarantee.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Five-on-One says:
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      What’s the context of the Jim Rice quote? Just curious what tragedy he was referring to.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        wondering the same thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have more doubts about Bruce

      B. Yeah, as others said — what’s that from? His walk-on part in a stage production of Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Gaa! Have no clue, I thought y’all would know! Now I have to look it up!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • galica says:
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          Grey!

          I keep getting a reference to Rice’s ‘Jump Jim Crow’…..when typing in Jim Rice quote on tragedy! What a tragedy am I!

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s talking about Jim Crow or you’re quoting someone talking about Jim Crow instead of Jim Rice

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              ???

            • galica says:
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              Grey!!

              Damn you! Here’s the process I used.

              a. I googled ‘Jim Rice quote about the tragedy’
              b. I got a reference to Rice’s ‘Jump Jim Crow’.

              The Rice referred to in ‘b’ above is an African-American playwright, not Jim Rice. But google mixed up Rice, Jim and Frank Voila I got the hit referred to in ‘b’ above.

              Still clueless about what ‘tragedy’ Jim Rice was talking about in the quote. I thought someone from Red Sox Nation would check in and help out already!

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HAHAHA…All good, that’s classic…Out of curiosity, why did you want a quote about tragedy from Jim Rice?

                • galica says:
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                  Grey!!

                  I didn’t ‘per se’ but then given our current situation and COVID-19+Dr Fauci I thought it was a propos!

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, gotcha…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Hey Bohm wasn;t built in a day…………….i say him in Reading he looks solid…..if he isnt in the plans i hope they showcase and trade him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He most definitely wasn’t — he looks primed for a 2027 breakout

  3. Around The Horn says:
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    I got Bellinger and Springer for JD Martinez, Abreu, Brantley. How did I do? I hope Bellinger is more consistent during this shortened season. Can be streaky compared to JD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody side, it’s solid

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *I’d want Cody side

  4. NUX says:
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    From your comments in the draft room, you tryinta draft again I see? Gonna do another $10 one.

    Prob do the Top 3 version again
    $75 to 1st
    $20 to 2nd
    $5 site credit to 3rd

    I think that’s the one we just did. Doing a $10 double up (top 5 get $20) isn’t all that much fun. And the third and final option is the winner take all ($100 to 1st). Thots?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If it’s $10, I’m fine with whatever the group wants — what does the group want?

      • NUX says:
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        Checking in the GroupMe now. But I’m pretty sure that everyone will feel pretty much the same way. Let’s throw $10 at having something to do to pass the time. Will report back in an hour or so. Prob have a link for you to join tonight or first thing tomorrow AM.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good!

          • NUX says:
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            League has been created ($10 Top 3), but just because of the nature of how those drafts begin, you’re always our #12. I’ll send you think link once we have 11 others in again. Prob should plan for a tomorrow morning start.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Great, thanks, NUX!

  5. krazyivan says:
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    Looks like his first professional year in 2o18 started off bumpy but that he went on a tear on up through AA last year. You don’t see high contact + plate discipline + iso power stats line up line that often. Pretty obvious why the bat led him to a third overall pick out of college.

    Can he make the straight jump from AA just over 600 plate attempts as a professional? I would say I’m pretty optimistic. My only pause is with the glove. I still think Girardi has a difficulty time not using the DH to let Cutch have time out of the field, or, Realmuto time off the diamond. I’m not worried about Jay Bruce at all.

    • Grey

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      Fair points — his contact and discipline prolly should alleviate any concerns — also, good points on Cutch and Realmuto…Bohm doesn’t feel compelling for 2020, but as a late flyer, wth

  6. Coolwhip

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    more like Bohm Voyage! am i right? If Cutch can’t stay on field does that give him everyday ABs or no? i.e. Kingery moving to OF and Bohm at 3B I guess?

    FWIW Bohm’s power being 60 is not the same as Albombso’s 80. haha. But point taken ;-) At the moment i’m liking Howard as the Philly special dart throw to start the season. Seems like a shoe-in for that 5th spot now.

    • Grey

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      I’d guess Kingery’s always on field, Cutch goes to DH, Bohm to 3rd and wheeeee with his glove

      Yeah, I was looking at Howard too — but why is he locked into 5th spot? Eflin, VV, Arrieta, Wheeler, Nola is 5

      • Coolwhip

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        I think VV will start in long relief, he seems to not be able to handle starting anymore, i think he averaged just under 5 inn a start (dont quote me). 5 inn of 5 era, barf. that is how you say, not good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s fair, but maybe him and Howard piggyback…Or rather Howard just carries him

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Wonder if the bullpen and starter will better with new coaching staff….kapler and young.

            kaplar did to many pitching changes and young had guys like efflin trying to be a power pitcher

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Eflin, think he can be sneaky good…Have liked him for a few years now, Kapler really screwed him up tho

              • krazyivan says:
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                I feel like the jacked up stretching out of pitchers plus the taxi squad being the size of a greyhound bus is going to throw everything off. Teams could go to 3-4 man rotations and still have enough arms to throw multiple bullpen games. Teams could go 6 man rotations. Then there is the third option- teams could wait to see what the Rays are doing and then mimic that.

                • Grey

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                  Haha, good point! Yeah, it’s harder for me to get excited about young arms in general and this isn’t changing that much…Want a flyer on Gore or Pearson? Go for it! But I agree with you…There might be 3-man rotations and 7 guys filling in rest of the rotation

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I like Howard…………..

      they are short in the out field w/o mccutchen but you really think they would put kingery out there for significant time?

      I can see Kingery playing outfield occassionally but i think they want him at 2b time for him to play where he belongs. Hernaez and segura at middle infield cost them alot of outs last year…mostly cesar he would make a play on balls he should have let thruough to segura.

      • Coolwhip

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        if they want to get Bohm’s bat in the lineup i could see on some days putting Kingery in OF, Segura at 2B and Didi still at SS.

  7. Harley Earl says:
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    I grabbed Bohm in two different keeper leagues this year. What made me believe Bohm might be for real was his showing in the Arizona Fall League. I like to use the AFL because it’s typically a collection of the elite talent ready to make the jump to MLB, so if you can do well there, you’re going to probably succeed in the Bigs. Look at the 2018 AFL MVP — that was Keston Hiura. I think he turned out alright.

    Anyway, back to Bohm. Bohm hit .361 with a .397 on-base pct and a .925 OPS in 19 AFL games last fall. He hit two Bohms with 9 RBIs and also had six doubles. He struck out 16 times in 78 plate appearances for a 20.5 K percentage. All these numbers coincide right along with his career numbers pretty much when you pro-rate them for a full season.

    I’m not convinced he’s a sure thing. But I agree with you in there’s definitely some strong upside to consider with him. Plus, his bat in a loaded Phillies lineup in their home park just seems like more reason to like his chances. I’m in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His plate discipline is intriguing for sure…He really needs to be up and playing this year, then if the NL goes back to no DH next year it will be interesting to see what the Phils do, but that’s a long way off

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yeah, this really is the perfect year for a test run with him. On the DH note, I believe once the NL uses the DH it will be here for good. Too many reasons for hitters and pitchers supporting that, and owners should considering the added offense it brings, which keeps fans happy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you’re right! I think the DH should be in the NL anyway…Why would it not

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Agree! It’s past time!

  8. The Itch

    The Itch says:
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    Good call, Grey!

    Impossible to resist the power of Spoon.

    Spoon!!!! (The Tick knows what’s up.)

    I kinda came around on Cherry Bohm somewhere between that early off-season stretch and the mystery zone we’re living in, ranking him 22nd on my 2021 Top 100.

    https://razzball.com/top-100-prospects-for-2021-fantasy-baseball/

    You’re right it was the glove and the blockage at 1B holding him down a bit—along with some discomfort about about how he looks in the box. It’s kinda tough to describe and could be just aesthetic. I suspect it’s an adjustment he made to shorten up his swing bc he’s so tall, but he pulls his hands in just before he fires.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aWTFRuSheGI

    Works well for him, but I just haven’t seen that specific trigger. It would seem to sap some power, just looking at it, but maybe he’s getting enough out of raw strength that it doesn’t really matter. Frank Thomas didn’t get everything he had into every cut either. Alex De Jesus in the Dodgers system does something a little similar I think, but he uses his base more aggressively.

    Anyway, dug the piece! I’m definitely more into him given a universal DH. Would likely cross him off that 2021 list today thinking he’ll clear the rookie wall if we get enough games.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is Judge super tall or giant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good stuff! Thanks for clarifying! Everything pre-covid has to come with lots of asterisks for now…. That swing is what they call effortless, right?

      re: service time — Then again, MLB might decide service time this year is a 3 games played equals 1 game of service time due to expanded rosters…

      • The Itch

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        Yeah for sure! And speaking of asterisks, your last thought has my head spinning . . .

        Seriously tho, MLB seems destined to quadrascrew the players any way they can find, which typically falls on minor leaguers more ways than not.

        And yeah wow that was an easy looking smash. #Poetry for Giants, which are Judge’s kinfolk more than the super talls.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Judge kinfolk are Bunyans, on mother’s side…Oh, MLB is definitely screwing over minor leaguers this year, any year really if they get a chance

    • Harley Earl says:
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      Itch!!!!

      I think you’re right Itch. That hitch with his hands seems like it might zap some of his power. Its’ a good observation and one to at least take note of if his power goes AWOL in the majors.

      I think his stroke overall is pretty smooth but a big compact. I don’t see a 30 HR bat just in his swing. But I do see 20-25 HR and that’s probably good enough for me. They can’t all be Alex Bregman and hit 40+ and know what pitch is coming too!

      Oh, loved the links you provided. Great way to get an idea of what Bohm is doing! Thanks!

      • The Itch

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        Thanks Harley!

        That swing could be the key to his low L rate—maybe he’s more a threat to hit 300-plus than to threaten 30-plus home runs.

        Tho I bet he could do both if he knew what was coming ; )

        • The Itch

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          Low L rate ?

          Low-T right?

          Sorry, low K-rate.

    • Coolwhip

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      Itch!
      You know, after watching that clip, it struck me… I think i’ve found a decent comp

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=974yPcf78xw
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIiDINRP1oM&t=30s

      Best case scenario he’s a white Derek Lee, both are 6’5″ RHB. And the swing and hand trigger looks very similar. Lee grew into more power later in career as he matured and filled out, but as you said he might begin more of a 300 threat than a 30 HR threat. If Bohm adds another 20-30 in core muscle etc he might find that power.

      what you think?

      • The Itch

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        Good call on D Lee!

        And that did kinda sap his power until he went to Chicago and built that exaggerated leg kick that fully incorporated his base.

  9. Hobbs

    Hobbs says:
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    Good shizz! Thanks for the shout-out.

    Loved reading this. Rapunzel has emerged as a dark house on my next All-COVID Team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rapunzel was a trailblazer of quaran-hair

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        LOL, i had these thoughts too, since my daughter loves her some disney movies… the song at the beginning of Tangled is literally a diary of being quarantined. No parody needed!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, never seen it, but it’s same story right?

          • Coolwhip

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            Yeah Tangled is the story of Rapunzel… not sure why they didnt just call the movie Rapunzel (maybe some weird copyright thing)

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_AyUovLL7Q
            the song is actually titled “When Will My Life Begin?” hahaha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha — when will my life begin — a soundtrack for quarantine

  10. Ferris says:
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    Obp as 6th category

    Scherzer
    Or
    Paxton and Votto

  11. Snell Wants His Money says:
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    In a roto league that counts saves+holds. I’m looking for a reliever that I can place in both a SP, RP slot. Looking at Diego Castillo and LeClerc. Castillo has 17 holds and 8 saves in 2019. Who do you like?

  12. Had not seen him until watching Itch’s clip. Don’t see a hitch, actually takes hands and weight back well. As Whip points out, load is similar to D. Lee, hopefully he can match Lee’s bat speed. Good looking big strong kid who just looks a little stiff.
    He may be allergic to leather, but with a couple of adjustments his bat may get him in the lineup

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